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Josiah Keene

Male 1620 - Bef 1710  (90 years)


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  • Name Josiah Keene  [1, 2
    Born 1620  On London Bridge, London, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Buried 1710  Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Bef 15 Sep 1710  Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Josiah came to America in 1632 on the CONFIDENCE with his father John Keen and mother Martha.

      THE WILLS OF JOSIAH KEEN, SR., OF DUXBURY AND HIS SON JOSIAH, OF PEMBROKE

      JOSIAH KEEN, SR., of Marshfield and Duxbury, Mass., married, first, Abigail Little 3, daughter of Thomas and Anna 2 (Warren) Little of Marshfield, and granddaughter of Richard 1 Warren, the Mayflower Passenger. Josiah and Abigail Keen had two children: a son, Josiah Keen 4, who married Lydia Baker; and a daughter, who died young, and whose name is unknown.

      Josiah Keen, Sr., married, for his second wife, Hannah Dingley, daughter of John Dingley of Marshfield, and by her had seven children: three sons, John, Matthew and Ephraim, and four daughters, Hannah, Elizabeth, Abigail and Sarah.
      Josiah Keen, Sr., of Duxbury, made his will 28 May, 1695, but it was not probated until 15 September, 1710. The date of his death has not been found.
      Josiah Keen 4 (Abigail Little 3, Anna 2 Warren, Richard 1) married Lydia Baker, as already stated, and had eleven children, seven sons and four daughters. The sons were: Benjamin, Josiah (died young), Josiah again, Nathaniel, Samuel, Isaac, Hezekiah. The daughters were: Abigail, who married Nicholas Drew; Eleanor, who married Joseph Thomas; Lydia, who married George Partridge; Bethiah, who married Judah West.

      Josiah Keen 4 lived in Pembroke. He made his will 2 February, 1728; but the date of his death has not been found. The first of

      The Wills of Josiah Keen, Sr., and His Son Josiah129
      the witnesses to his will was sworn on 23 December, 1732, and Josiah probably died not long before that date.

      We here present exhaustive abstracts of all records, and original documents on file, in the Plymouth County, Mass., Registry of Probate, relating to the estates of Josiah Keen of Duxbury and his son Josiah Keen of Pembroke, the proper reference being given with each abstract.

      This article is printed at the expense of a member of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, Mr. John W. Churchill, of Plymouth, Mass., who is descended from Judah and Bethiah (Keen) West in two different lines: through their daughter Lydia West, who married George Holmes; and through their son Samuel West, who married Elizabeth Rich.
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      [WILL OF JOSIAH KEEN OF DUXBURY]
      [From original will] "I give to my sone Josiah Keene ye part of my land wher he ye sd Josiah Keene doth now dwell a strait line from ye Corner of his ould orcherd fenc to a maple tree marked standing one the southerly side of puding brooke and from ye afore sd Corner of the orcherd fenc as his fenc Runs to the end of my land with a smal parcel of medow land Caled lendals medow ye uper part all the rest of my land and housing 1 doo give to my wif both upland and mdow improved and dorman duering ye tim of her widowhoohoud and after her death or being maried to another man The sd housing upland and medow to return to my son mathew The sd mathew Keen paling to my two sons John Keen and ephraim keen five pounds each of them two: all my teem and Tacklin belonging to je team both horse and oxen I do give to my wif duering the time of her widowhoud or til shee be maried to another man then to return to my son mathew and for my foure Daghter my will is ye thai shall have foure pounds a peece everi one of them paled to them out of my estatate or about the tim of ther being maried I sai paid to them four out of my movable estat and for my grand children my wil is ye thai shal have everi one of them twelve penc a penc a peece paled to them out of my movable estat"

      "my wife To be my trew and lawful administrator"

      The will was dated 28 May, 1695, and signed by "the mark of Josiah Keen senior". The witnesses were Josiah Holmes and "Aaron Soul". On 15 September, 1710, "The Will of Josiah Kean late of Duxbury" was probated. on the testimony of the two witnesses. [The will was also recorded, O: 160.3

      [From original document] Francis Barker and Josiah Holmes took the inventory, on 15 September, 1710, and on that day, "Widdow Hannah Keane made oath that the abovewritten is a true Inventory of the Estate of her late husband Josiah Keen" No real estate was mentioned. [The inventory was also recorded, O: 161.]

      [WILL OF JOSIAH KEEN OF PEMBROKE]

      [From original will] "Josiah Keen of Pembrok .... yeaman" made his will on 2 February, 1728. Bequests were as follows.

      "my .... will is that .... Debtes and Funerel Charges be satesfied and payed and then that ye legeses here after given to my six sones and ye to my Loving Dafter Elenor Thomas and yt to my Grand Child Mary Bruster be Payed by my Executrex .... out of my moveable Estate In one year after my Deseas"

      To "Wife Leadyah Keen a living In my house where in I now Dwell (as long as she shall live) which 1 Reserved in ye Dead I Gave of the same to my son Isaac Keen allso I Give to my sd wife the use and Improvement of all the Resedu of my moveable Estate So long as She shall Remaine my widdow with power to Dispose of such part thare of as may be nessesary for her soport: and further my mind and will is that if my sd widdow shall Se case to mary a gaine then my mind and will is that she shall have Twenty pounds out of my Estate: and the other part thereof shall be Disposed of as is here after ordered"

      To "Son Benjemin Keen Four shilings which with what I have alredy given him by Dead 1 account a suffitient Porshun for him"

      To "Son Josiah Keen Four Shilings which with What I have alredy Given him 1 apprehend is a suffitient portion for him"

      To "Son Nethaniel Keen Four Shilings which with what he hath allredy had 1 account his part or portion of my Estate"

      To "son Samuel Keen Four Shilings which with what he hath already had 1 account his full Portion in my Estate"

      To "son Isaac Keen Four Shilings which with what he hath already had is his Full portion"

      To "Son Hazeciah Keen Four shilings which with what he hath already had is his full portion"

      To "Dafter Elener Thomas ye wife of Joseph Thomas Four Pounds:"

      To "my Grandchild Mary Bruster Twenty Shilings"

      "all ye Remaining part of my moveable Estate at my wives Deseas or at her marage which Ever shall first hapen shall be Equelly Devided betwen my four Dafters or thare Legel Representetives that is to say to the Children of my Dafter Abigale Drew
      one Fourth part and to my Dafter Elener Thomas one fourth part and to the Children of my Dafter Lediah Patridge one Fourth part and to my Dafter Bethiah West one fourth Part :"

      "wife Ledeah Keen to be Sole Executrex"

      The will was signed by a mark. The witnesses were "Aaron Soul", "Aaron Soul Junr" and "Elisha Bisbe". They made oath to the will as follows: Elisha Bisbe on 23 December, 1732; Aaron Soul, Jr., on 25 December, 1732; Aaron Soul, Sr., on 26 December, 1732; all before Isaac Winslow, Judge of Probate. On 10 January, 1732,* the will "of Josiah Keen late of Pembrok" was probated, at Marshfield, and administration granted to "Ledea Keen Relict Widdow of the sd deceased" [The will was also recorded, 6: 272.]

      [From original warrant] On 2 January, 1732, a warrant to appraise the real and personal estate was issued to "Capt Fras Barker Capt Nehemiah Cushing and mr Aron Sole all of pembroke" [The warrant was also recorded, 6: 274.]

      [From original inventory] On 5 January, 1732, the inventory was taken, and signed by "Fras Barker", "Nehemiah Cushing" and "Aaron Soul". The total was 225, 8s., 9d. No real estate was included. Three interesting items are: "the bed and furniture att Hezekiah Keens" 12; "one Kittle att Hezekiahs and pare Shares" 12s.; "One promesary Noat From Hezekiah" 2, 11s.

      On 9 January, 1732, "Ledia Keen Executor .... of her late husband Josiah Keen" and the three appraisers made oath to the inventory, before Isaac Winslow, Judge of Probate. [The inventory was also recorded, 6: 274.]


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      Marshfield Massachusetts Records
      [V. I, Pp. 49 - 52]
      CHAPTER X.
      1663. Town Record Selections.

      "At the town meeting there was a contribution for the relief of Ed. Bumpus to 6 bushels of corn of which Major Josias Winslow furnished 2 bush.; Jos. Beadle 1 bush.; John dingley half a bush.; Mr. Bourne and Bradford 1 bush.; John Rogers a bushel; Josiah Keen half a bush.; Ensign Eames half a bush. And these persons to be answered at the next town's rate." [3]
    Person ID I18395174  7_families
    Last Modified 26 Dec 2007 

    Father John Keene,   b. 1578, Leeds, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1649, Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Mrs. Martha Keene,   b. Abt 1580, Leeds, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1638, At Sea, On Board, Ship Confidence Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Married Abt 1603  London, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5978694  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Abigail Little,   b. 1635, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1661, Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years) 
    Married 1658  Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Josiah Keene,   b. 1660, Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1732, Pembroke, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     2. Daughter Keene,   b. Abt 1661, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 26 Dec 2007 
    Family ID F5978691  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Hannah Dingley,   b. Leeds, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1661  , Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2001 
    Family ID F5978693  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1620 - On London Bridge, London, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1658 - Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1661 - , Plymouth, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1710 - Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S420568] Richard Warren of the Mayflower and his descendants for four generations, Robert S. Wakefield, Janice A. Beebe, (Plymouth, Mass. : General Society of Mayflower Descendants, c1991), 17 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S419567] Mayflower Increasings, 2nd Edition, Susan Roser, (Genealogical Publishing Co. PILG006A).

    3. [S419788] Mayflower Descendant, (Wheat Ridge, CO: Search & Research Publishing Corporation, 1996), v19 (Reliability: 3).